eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
May. 6, 2015

Why the 7-minute workout works: High-intensity circuit training
Medical Daily
There are a lot of circumstances that can derail even the most devoted person’s workout plans. Making it to the gym on any given day often depends on time. Unfortunately, time is where most ambitious gym-goers run into their first speed bump. Reserving an hour each day for the gym can be a lot to ask for when it’s thrown on top of a full work day, a whole day of classes, or any other extra-curricular activity. Most people with an already full schedule decide adding an hour at the gym is just not possible.More

Exploring why some people get fitter than others
The New York Times
Anyone in a running group or gym class has likely noticed that some of the participants annoyingly become much fitter than others. But exactly why some people’s bodies respond well to working out and others do not puzzles scientists. Studies indicate, unsurprisingly, that genetics must be involved, since a particularly high or low response to exercise tends to run in families. More

10 of the best plyometric exercises you probably aren't doing
Huffington Post
Here are 10 favorite plyometric exercises that never fail to help work up a serious sweat and make us feel like we've accomplished the impossible. These moves not only work every muscle from head to toe, but also burn major calories both during and after a session due to their use of high-intensity interval training. More

Busy Americans can reap health benefits by balancing protein intake throughout the day
Research has shown that eating more protein can support weight loss and prevent weight gain by boosting metabolism, increasing feelings of fullness and helping the body retain muscle while losing fat. However, many Americans are not consuming enough protein in a balanced way to achieve these effects.More

This kind of sugar triggers unhealthy cravings
A new study shows a type of sugar found naturally in fruit may increase cravings for high-calorie foods. In a small study of 24 people published in the journal PNAS, researchers found that fructose — which we primarily consume as an added sweetener in processed foods — was associated with activity in some areas of the brain that process rewards.More

Dieting: There's no 'one size fits all'
When it comes to studies about nutrition, most don’t mirror real life. That makes it hard to obtain accurate data on nutrition and health, says Christopher Gardner, Ph.D., director of nutrition studies at Stanford University’s Prevention Research Center. More

Treadmill injuries send thousands to the ER every year
USA Today
Serious injuries involving exercise equipment, treadmills in particular, are among the most common that emergency rooms see, according to data collected by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. A spokesman for the agency said that the most recent data was not available on Monday, because the agency was dealing with technical problems with their injury surveillance system.More

Moderate exercise on a regular basis may improve cancer treatments
Kansas State University kinesiology research offers encouraging information for cancer patients: A brisk walk or a slow jog on a regular basis may be the key to improved cancer treatments. Brad Behnke, associate professor of exercise physiology, and collaborators have shown that moderate exercise on a regular basis enhances tumor oxygenation, which may improve treatments in cancer patients.More

Why diets don't actually work, according to a researcher who has studied them for decades
The Washington Post
For centuries, men and women have worked tirelessly to fit the physical molds of their time. Diets, which have ranged from the straightforward to the colorful and kind of silly, have produced a wide range of results — and all sorts of followings. Not long ago, the Atkins diet villainized carbohydrates and convinced millions to avoid starches of any kind.More

Evidence is growing that vitamins and supplements could be dangerous to public health
Business Insider
Vitamins are good for you, so you should take vitamin supplements to support better health. I mean, it says so right there on the package. Bayer's One a Day pill for women, for example, "supports bone strength, heart health, immunity" and so on, according to the package. Another Bayer product, One a Day Teen Advantage for Her, "supports healthy skin" and "immune health" as well.More

Vitamin D toxicity extremely rare
MedPage Today
Vitamin D toxicity is extremely rare, says a new study. Supplementation of the vitamin/hormone has been increasing in the last few years, but there's been little consensus on whether overdosing on vitamin D is possible. Existing evidence for vitamin D toxicity, primarily hypercalcemia, has been based almost exclusively on case reports.More